re·​chris·​ten (ˌ)rē-ˈkri-sᵊn How to pronounce rechristen (audio)
rechristened; rechristening; rechristens

transitive verb

: to christen again : to change the name of
We pass by some hedgerows and take a bridge over Sag Pond, rechristened "Goldman Pond" by the locals.Josh Harkinson
Thomas Bayne was born into slavery in Norfolk under the name Nixon, but escaped to New England and rechristened himself.Gregory S. Schneider

Examples of rechristen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Team Tennis would later adopt the name of its predecessor and rechristen itself World Team Tennis. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 16 July 2021 While the president this week decried efforts to rechristen U.S. military bases named for Confederate generals, the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday decided to add a bipartisan provision to the Pentagon's annual spending bill that would begin the process of renaming those installations. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, 12 June 2020 The two chambers had to reconcile the bills, though, giving Trump the opportunity to turn up his pressure campaign on Republicans to nix the effort to rechristen those select bases. Tom Benning, Dallas News, 8 Dec. 2020 Another is that the company actually may want to completely rechristen itself in hopes of leaving past problems behind and rebooting its corporate image. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 The trustees of Clemson University last year voted to rechristen Tillman Hall, named for the proudly racist politician of a century ago. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 June 2021 That’s what the city of Franklin is planning to rechristen its downtown district, which includes the new waterpark, in an effort to capture some of the energy and history inherent in its riverfront setting., 2 May 2021 By 1886, developers Thomas L. Marsalis and John S. Armstrong seized the opportunity to purchase 320 acres south of the Trinity and rechristen Hord’s Ridge into Oak Cliff. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rechristen was in 1550

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“Rechristen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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